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california told me that they are always under constant attack but that the bottom line in all of this is that they are continuing to try to step up and to respond to all of these ongoing threats. suzanne? >> all right. john, thank you so much. appreciate it. >> sure. cnn continues right now with kate bolduan. kate? >> hi, suzanne. i'm kate bolduan. it's 1:00 in the east. let's get straight to the hour, shall we? it's another day of dangerous weather in ohio and the tennessee valley. much of indiana, missouri, kentucky are in danger. there has been a tornado emergency reported in madison county. we have live pictures of a menacing sky.
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the national and louisville. let's bring in chad myers at the cnn atlanta center. what is the latest? >> it goes all the way from illinois all the way down to georgia, alabama, as far west as louisiana and far north as virginia. on the backside, it's snowing up in squad cities. that's not atypical. you need cold air to clash. a couple areas still on the ground, to the north of chattanooga by bradley and north of cleveland in tennessee. and then another couple storms here popping up, not that far from cape girardo. that is harrisburg, illinois. right in the middle of a new tornado watch. that town that got hit so hard a couple of days ago. all of this area is under severe
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weather today. there will be a severe thunderstorm watch, tornado watch, and many warnings going through the night and probably into 10:00, 11:00 tonight. >> that means, keep it tuned here to cnn. chad will take the lead on this one. we'll keep a close eye around the country. in other news, a shocking example of a brutal government result of homs and surrounding areas. that explosion you just heard was an artillery round shot into the city during a demonstration. 16 people were killed. and in the city of homs. government forces executed 14 civilians. in all, 44 people have been killed so far and that's just today. all this coming as the international red cross relief trucks arrived in homs.
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the red cross says the trucks were not allowed to enter the desperate baba amr district. and since the first presidential dispute, due to vote rigging, voters are choosing among 3400 candidates. this come arising tension over iran's nuclear program and that is the topic expected to dominate talks between president obama and israeli prime minister netanyahu on monday when they meet in washington. rush limbaugh is taking heat for a comment about a student. she testified on capitol hill last week in support of a mandate for health insurance to cover contraceptives. >> what does it say about the
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college coed he had susan fluke who goes before a committee and essentially says she must be paid to have sex. what does that make her? it makes her a slut, right? >> limbaugh didn't stop there. he also called her a prostitute. reaction has haven't swift. house speaker boehner says limbaugh's comment were inappropriate. others denounced the remarks as obscene, vish nous, and an attack on all women. the in montana is apologizing for an e-mail about president obama that the judge admits was racist. richard did not right twrite thl himself but forwarded it. the judge called it inappropriate and stupid. he was appointed by george w. bush and admits that he's not a
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supporter of president obama. the governor of alabama just revealed a law that limited purchases to one handgun a month. this, despite pleas from families who lost loved ones in the virginia tech massacre. one of those family members joins us next to explain. but, first, triumph after tragedy. students at chardon high school return to school today. >> i don't know why this happened. i only wish i could have done more. i'm not a hero. i'm just a football coach and study hall teacher. >> that strength and humility were evidenced on the basketball court and in the stand. the high school team won the
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classes back in section today at chardon high school for the first time that students were shot in the high school cafeteria. a sixth was nicked in the ear by a bullet. three students died and the 17-year-old suspect faces charges that range from aggravated murder to assault. t.j. lane will be back in court next week. once again it has opened up the iron pipeline, the reference to trafficking of guns from interstate 95 from virginia to new york city where the guns have been resold. crimes such of a shooting of a police officer and the killing of a new york policeman just this week. one day after that attack, virginia's governor signed a repeal of a 19-year-old law that limited handgun purchasers to one handgun a month. he did so over the objection of families of students killed or hurt in the worse shooting in
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history, the 2007 massacre at virginia tech. my guest today lost his elder daughter on that horrible day and pleaded with the governor of virginia to leave the handgun restriction in please. peter, thank you for joining me this afternoon. first off, i'd like to get your reaction to the final decision of the repeal of the handgun ban. >> kate, to me and to many of the family members in virginia, it's a huge disappointment. you might even say a slap in the face. because of having lived through this, the primary motivation that we never want any other family or survivor to have to live through this again and what the governor has done despite our plea is put us back into the position of becoming a supplier for that iron pipeline that you talked about and for handgun violence within virginia itself. >> mr. reed, i'm sorry to
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interrupt. you had a chance to speak with the governor of the virginia tech shooting. >> i personally made a plea to him as a fellow veteran, as a father of the daughter, the governor's daughter by the way was at virginia tech so i know he understands what we go through in he's events but i appeal to him not to do this because it's bad on public policy grounds and political grounds because two-thirds of virginians support the one gun a month legislation and it's the wrong thing to do. he had given me two hours to talk to him almost five hours ago after the virginia tech shooting. so i was hoping that we had a rapport that would allow me to perhaps persuade him. obviously that didn't happen. >> and i do want to read a quote to you from the republican state lawmaker who sponsored this
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repeal. he said -- he was reported as saying, criminals don't hand over their driver's license and wait for the vendor to see if they have a criminal record. if you really want to get after gun crimes, you get after people who use guns illegally. you don't punish law abiding citizens. what do you say to that? >> that's ignorance on his part. first of all, this law has never kept any law-abiding gun owner from buying any weapon he or she chose. if you have to buy more than 12 handguns in a year, my question is, kpa whaktly are you doing? if what you are doing is running a business, you need to have a federal law enforcement license. the evidence that criminals don't go to stores to buy guns is disapproved by the fact that virginia state police arrest criminals every engineer who go to gun stores to buy guns because we have a robust action
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here in virginia that triggers it and while the transaction is in progress, that's complete willful ignorance on their part. >> unfortunately, of course, even when that handgun ban was in place, was not able to protect your daughter from that horrible day back in april 2007. it's been almost five years now since mary karen was killed. how are you and your family doing? >> we are doing as well as you can expect our family to do. of course, all of our other children are now five years older so we have very busy lives so we work for them and we have all of their normal activities. but mary is still very part of our family. we remember every night in their bed time prayers and my daughter colleen who is almost 5, we have a picture of her, doesn't have a big sister to guide her through
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life anymore. and that hole is just there. it's always going to be there. that's the case for other families that lost children, fathers, loved ones, and the survivors carry that through the rest of their lives, too. >> no one forgets that day back in 2007. absolutely not. we wish you the absolute best to you and your family. >> sure. thank you, kate. now, she fought hard to get a good education. now this valedictorian faces another challenge. >> i've been here since i was 4. i'm american. >> but she wasn't born here and is not a citizen. now this valedictorian is fighting deportation. more on this after a quick break. [ male announcer ] truth is, dayquil doesn't treat that. really? [ male announcer ] alka-seltzer plus fights your worst cold symptoms, plus it relieves your runny nose. [ deep breath ] awesome. [ male announcer ] yes, it is. that's the cold truth! [ zipper, heavy breathing ]
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controversy and protests have erupted over a valedictorian. daniela and her sister are being required to be deported back to colombia. her request for residency and a green card were recently denied. she just spoke with suzanne malveaux saying, quote, she is
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an american. >> i really couldn't stand another life. this is my roots. this is all i know. >> pelaez has until march 28th to appeal, which she plans to do. immigration and custom enforcement issued this statement. daniela and her sister reserve the right to appeal the decision. i.c.e. will not take any action against them while they pursue additional legal options. there's no doubt education isn't complicated, often controversial nuances and the reality is there's a lot that needs to be fixed. right now the country top leaders putting their minds together and along with their
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school, they met in d.c. for their important education, to share their strategy for improvement. their talks could have a big impact on what your kids are taught in the future. mayor villarosa is joining me. i want to get to the education reform but i want to ask you about the valedictorian that could be redort ported that was in miami but what is your response to that system? >> thank you for asking me. i was going to chime in any way. what a heartbreaker. what a moster child for the dream act, an act that says if you've grown up here, you've lived here your whole life, this is the only country that you know, you ought to have a pathway to citizenship. unfortunately, we have people like both mr. santorum and mr. romney saying that that's a hand
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out and i think it's a hand up and it's what we should be doing and i hope we do pass the dream act. >> mayor, part of the education forum was to focus on strengths and weaknesses and especially big urban districts face. the big question is always practically speaking what needs to be done in what can be done to fix our schools? >> well, we need to support our teachers. we need to put teachers and parents in front of the reform movement. we need to make sure that we're all more accountable to students' success. we need to increase our graduation rates, make our kids -- make sure that our kids are either career or college ready. we've got to set the highest standards for our kids. we've got to tie money to reform. yesterday the president said they need to invest more in
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education and put their money where their mouth is but they need to tie that to reform in our schools. today we talked about the need for districts to be able to compete for race to the top dollars in the way that states do, especially our three districts, which are larger than many states. we need to have more flexibility and innovation. we need to provide kids and parents with choices and that's what the three of us -- some of what we talked about today here in d.c. >> do you see major changes coming from this or is it kind of getting the conversation going, getting big thoughts out there? >> no, many changes have been going. i'm a fan of mayor bloomberg and daly and now all of them are pushing to drive reform in their schools. in the case of chicago, they are trying to increase the length of the school day.
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they are trying to make sure that they are closing down schools that are failing. we're doing the same thing in l.a. we've developed a thing called public schools choice which says if you're a new school or you're a failing school you ought to compete for an operator. we're working -- i run 22 schools, 18,000 kids. it's a turnaround project. the lowest of schools in the city and we're showing that these kids can learn. we've got to do a number of things to strengthen our teaching core. we have to have multiple measures of evaluation, accountability. school report cards with a grade on it and importantly we've got to measure our teachers based on where the kids start and where they end up. >> mayor, i'm sure our viewers know you wear many hats. one of the hats that you also wear is that you are the co-chair of the democratic convention.
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super tuesday is coming up. are you just watching the republicans duke it outcome super tuesday? >> i care about our democracy and obviously looking at that election and the republican primary, you can't help but be fearful for our democracy when you see that their focus is not on the economy, it should be the focus of every one of us and instead of things like contraception and denying women the right to a mammogram and it's pretty disturbing when you see some of the things that have come out of the mouths of these people during the debates over the last month and i want them to focus on the country, not just the party and not such blind allegiance to orthodoxy in
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the way that you've seen in the last few months. >> well, that debate will continue for many months ahead. mayor, thank you for coming in. >> thanks, kate, for having me. >> see you soon. for nearly a month this small neighborhood in homs syria has been shelled by government forces. today the red cross has arrived but will they be able to help those that need it most? more on the humanitarian crisis, next.
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for weeks the city of homs has been the target of tanks, machine guns, and snipers. a red cross convoy was permitted into homs today with desperately needed supplies and the trucks were not allowed to enter the baba amr neighborhood.
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at least three others 30 others have been reported killed elsewhere. nic, any word why the red cross was turned away? that seems absolutely amazing it's incredible. it shows that the syrian government said yes they could take the medical supplies, bank met and other things for these 4,000 civilians and many of them have terrible, terrible wounds and they need government attention. the six hours later they were not able to get in. what changed their mind? none of that is clear. but what we know from activists is that meanwhile, what is actually going on in baba amr. the activists are going house to house arresting military-aged male, any boys over the age of
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12 they are arresting and also the activists say people are being killed on that street. >> nic, we've been watching this unfold now and we've seen the video that is just astonishing. how bad are the conditions? i can only imagine they are getting worse. where could things go from here we're seeing that happen already today. the town about 15 minutes drive, very close to homs, today there was a group of protesters there protesting. they were outside altogether and then suddenly a shell comes right in the middle of them. this is exactly what was happening to the people in baba amr. whenever they rattle the streets, shells were coming in
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and they were being damaged. now we're likely to see bashar al assad to move his troops. and right now they are under gunfire from their forces. kate? >> one aspect of this -- of the fighting, of this astroesh shous story, is the story of the french journalist. bring us up to speed. where do things stand with them? i believe they have gotten out and are finally on french soil. yes? >> reporter: they have gone to french soil literally in the next hour or so. and what is incredible here, that the french airport in this small military aircraft ran by the french military that brought
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in incredible before it is bouvier was carried off the aircraft, the french president went on that aircraft and spent 15 minutes talking to him. obviously a lot of activists are hoping that will galvanize him into more action and and you can see the fragile state she was in and you can imagine she would have to get from baba amr, carried sometimes by hand, backs of motor bikes, in terrible conditions. she really now is in safe hands. >> it truly is amazing to know what the horrible conditions were like to try to get to a safe place.
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it's amazing she is doing as well as she is. nic robertson in lebanon bon non, thank you. all aboard. the washington caucuses are the last stop before super tuesday. who will be the winner at the end of the ride? plus, rick santorum is flinging mud again. that is "fair game," next. plus, more men are playing dad without the responsibility. instead of getting married they are becoming known donors. we'll talk to one man about his decision to be a part-time dad. very interesting. stay with us. ok, guys-- what's next ? chocolate lemonade ? susie's lemonade... the movie. or... we make it pink ! with these 4g lte tablets, you can do business at lightning-fast speeds. we'll take all the strawberries, dave. you got it, kid.
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super tuesday is next week. how can you forget, honestly, honestly? but before that we have washington state caucuses tomorrow. historically gop candidates have not given the state much attention but this time it's very different. all four campaigns have been stumping in the state.
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how crucial is it to win there headsing into super tuesday? joining me today is maria cardona and will cain. >> hi, kate. >> the big question, we're talking about washington tomorrow. how important is it for romney, santorum, ron paul, and newt gingrich is there as well, how important is it for them to win in washington? does it set the tone for super tuesday? maria, go ahead. >> will, go ahead. >> i'll take that. no. it doesn't set the tone for super tuesday. it's eluded the entire election concept. it's one state and we have state by state elections in this concept of tone has not been
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panning out. >> but i will say this, kate. it matters in that if you're romney or santorum, you want to do whatever you can to continue to put points on the board, points in terms of winning a state and points in terms of the actual delegate count because that's what really matters. if romney is continue to add to his delegate count and continue to try to make the argument which has not worked for him so far, that he can close the sale with the most conservative voters in the republican party and that will help him and santorum, he needs to continue to make the argument that he is still relevant in this. so i think in those two areas i do think that it matters going into super tuesday the seven-point lead is basically gone away and it's basically a
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dead heat. it's groundhog day. whenever we're going to the primaries, i think the question now is what do the candidates need to do or maybe the better question is what do we need to avoid doing come super tuesday. will? >> well, i tell you this. for rick santorum, for ohio, he's got to keep that message on manufacturing, that blue collar message that he has. the blue collar voters in ohio, that's what he's got to do. stay off the social issues and stay on that message. >> what do you think, maria? >> i think both of the candidates need to stop talking. because every time that they talk, they seem to put their foot in it in different ways. romney obviously can't stop talking about how wealthy is he and how many cars he drives and his wife drives and to say things that continue to seem meant the reality that this guy is just not somebody that can
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get what middle class families and middle class families are going through. and for santorum, will is absolutely right. the social issues have hurt him. he needs to stick to the economic issues or frankly i'd go back to my first piece of advice which is, just stop talking. >> let me ask you both this about newt gingrich. there's a lot of conversation about newt gingrich and georgia. if newt doesn't have a strong showing in georgia, is it time for him to step out or is that from mature for people to say that, sfwhil. >> let me ask that question back to you guys. i'll change it a little bit. if newt gingrich wins georgia, not that he loses it, what's the point of winning? it's to have a foot hold in the south and win all of these other states. on super tuesday there are elections in tennessee and oklahoma and states that carry that southern characteristic. so if the only state you can win is georgia, even if you do win
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it, what's the point? >> what do you think? >> i tend to agree with will and to your question, kate, if he loses georgia, yes, he's -- clearly he's done. >> right. >> but if he wins it, what does it really mean? i will say this. how many times have we talked about newt gingrich being dead? he is the lazereth of politics. he keeps rising. >> right. exactly. this time it might take more. >> oh, my goodness. i'm going to end it it right there. thank you so much. >> thank you. all right. donor sexual. the new word being used to describe a way for donor children. more and more women are opting
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to have a donor. and in their view they can't afford a sperm bank and one of those known donors is our baby quest series. aaron, thank you for joining me. and what made you do this? >> thank you. hi, kate. and we were just friends at that point. i had graduated early. i had decided to do it partly because this was somebody who i really respected who asked me to help her and a lot of it has to do with my own story. i'm also the product of donor insem nation. i have lesbian moms who were able to have me through the generosity of my donors.
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i felt like growing up this was going to be something that i would want to do in my life and so when she -- when amy asked me, i was really, you know, felt very flattered and pleased to be able to help her. >> and we're seeing some pictures here. amy now has a little girl, an adore nl little girl. talk to me about -- for many people the question is going to be, how does it work? what's the arrangement like for you and amy? what was the conversation about how involved you would be, what role you would play? how did that work? >> yeah. i mean, you know, it worked surprisingly organically. and it was to feel out what the expectations were going to be and what they would sort of want, their desires in terms of their relationship, what she wanted from me was to be present but not be a parent and that is sort of what i wanted. i wanted to be able to be present in her life to see her
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grow up and have a relationship with her that was sort of, you know, on the terms of both me and her. but, you know, that i wouldn't necessarily have to be a parent to her in the sense i wouldn't have to make decisions, i wouldn't be expected to be there. i wouldn't have a financial role in her life. and so after talking about that a lot, we decided we would want to go ahead and we continued talking about this, you know, oon regular basis, that sort of makes sure that we're still on the right track and i think that's one of the benefits of doing this with somebody that you really trust, that you really respect. >> and, you know, this is happening more and more but what would you say to people who maybe just aren't comfortable with it, who think that it's too complicated or you being involved but not the father will hurt the child more than help the child. what do you say about those concerns? >> yeah. i say that if somebody's not interested in doing that, if
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they don't feel like they can be a part of that, i would encourage them not to be a part of that i don't think it's an arrangement for everybody. i think part of it is because when you have the expectations all set up with somebody, when you have the arrangement worked out, i think it's really open and people -- there's no sense of disappointment. oh, i wanted this but i got this. it makes it a lot easier. >> now, aaron, we're unfortunately about to lose our satellite connection but do you plan on doing this again? will you do it again? >> it was something that i wanted to help out and it's really a one-time thing for me. i don't imagine doing it for a sperm bank or other folks. >> aaron, thank you so much.
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i wish we'd have more time but we're going to lose our connection. for the full profile, check out details magazine. there's the cover right there. now, a quick hard turn. take a look at this. anti-obama ad at one metro station but d.c. is refusing to take it down. is this freedom of speech or crossing the line [ male announcer ] this was how my day began. a little bird told me about a band... ♪ an old man shared some fish stories... ♪ oooh, my turn. ♪ she was in paris, but we talked for hours...
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the ad we're about to show su pretty shocking and, quite frankly, pretty insulting but it is who the ad is insulting. lisa sylvester has the details. >> reporter: something will certainly catch your eye, this line, go to hell, barack. it's caught the eye of writers, too. >> it's think it's offensive. >> i think it's tasteless. >> i think it's terrible. it only feeds to the political
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discord and partisanship of the country. >> reporter: the ad is promoting a new dvd kok meant tree called "sick and sicker" that rips the obama health care plan. it's produced by a man who makes no apology for the inflammatory ad. >> when you use strong language, you're expressing not only disagreement but the degree of disagreement. i very strongly disagree with socialized medicine. >> reporter: it's not just metro riders offended by the comment. >> on private property i think you should have much more discretion as to what you want to show. but the taxpayers at the federal, state, and local level are paying for this facility and to have it host an ad that tells the president of the united states to go to hell in their language, i think that's inappropriate. i think it's offensive. it's profane. >> reporter: representative moran has asked the washington metro transit authorities to take down the ad immediately but the metro facility says no, citing the first amendment.
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in a statement saying that advertising has been ruled by the court as a public forum protected by the first amendment of the constitution, we may not decline ads based on their political content. authority. we asked cnn senior legal analyst jeffrey tubin his take on the issue. he says the ad may be disturbing, but it is well within speech rights. >> the metro is on very solid ground here. it is possible that activists may use this controversy as an opportunity to push the envelope further in terms of what's permissible, but i don't have any doubt that this expression, even with the word hell, is clearly protected by the first amendment and the metro would have no right to take it down. >> reporter: lisa sylvester, cnn, washington. >> lisa, thank you. they can throw the book, they can throw away the key,
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even. they can bang their gavels all day long, but judges really shouldn't pull guns in court. a judge in georgia did that just the other day when a witness stopped cooperating with her own attorney. reportedly judge david barrett pulled out a pistol, offered it to the woman on the stand and said, you might as well shoot your lawyer. with that he said, your honor, your 15 minutes are up. judge barrett might agree. he decided to retire effective immediately.
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a scary incident to tell you about involving a jeep on the runway of the philadelphia international airport. check out these pictures. a jeep barrelled down the runway seconds before a jet was to land. imagine what might have been going through the heads of the passengers looking out the window at the time. controllers scrambled to avoid a potentially deadly accident. they were able to get word to all the planes about to approach not to land. the driver of the jeep is in custody and faces federal charges. probably no surprise. this little pup is one lucky pup. roxie was adopted after a tornado ripped through tuscaloosa, then her new owner brought her to harrisburg, illinois just before the twister struck there. roxie got lost during the storm but was found safe a mile away. her owner is glad to have her back, of course, and says she thinks this adoption worked out.
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wh whisperer, helps a couple figure out how to find the perfect pooch. >> reporter: after a few years, they decide it's time to expand their family. >> toipi wanted to get her a dor christmas, and i found out, one, you need the whole family there, and two, it just didn't work out. so i got her a collar instead. >> reporter: so their hunt was postponed. after the holidays, they started looking at shelters together. the dog when i sisperer was in city doing a show. he agreed to assist them in looking for a shelter dog. >> you take your time to study, you know, and taking the time to know what it is you want. >> reporter: the couple sat down with milan at the animal
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shelter. >> what kind of dog are you looking for? >> i think we're looking for a smaller dog. we live in a loft downtown, so we don't have a ton of space. something that isn't too high energy. >> are you allergic to anything? >> i am a allerllergic to some . >> he advises the couple that he see look at hundreds of dogs. >> the one in the front is high-level energy. so if the dog is higher energy than the human, the human becomes in the back. >> stacy and sarah take some interest in a young lab mix, so they take some time with her. >> i like her playfulness. >> everything about that dog. >> they are concerned about sarah's allergies, so the search continues. milan agrees with the decision. >> what they learned today was knowledge. maybe not a dog yet, but when
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they adopt a dog, it will be the right dog for them. they do it with knowledge. >> that was susan hendricks. they later went on to adopt a wonderful dog named beans that fits right into their family. to catch "the dog whisperer" you can catch it on saturdays at 8:00 p.m. eastern. i'll hand it to my friend now, brooke baldwin. >> thank you so much. hello to awfll of you. this has already been a day of violent weather, and we're told the worst to come may be ahead of us. storms hitting 17 states. breaking news once again here. you're looking at pictures, again, aftermath from these powerful storms. this is madison county, alabama. this is near huntsville and already hit by two tornadoes late this morning right around
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9:30 their time. at one point, 35,000 people were without power. this is a huge system. this afternoon, tonight, a lot of people need to be ult ultravigilant. i want to bring in chad myers. i know it's been a long night for a lot of country from alabama and in between. >> when you talk 17 states, you go, wow. ohio, west virginia, illinois, you keep going around. especially the tennessee valley, the ohio valley. that's the core where the major tornadoes could be today. >> how bad could it get? >> easily as bad as we saw in harrisburg, illinois. no question about it. there will be storms, there will be tornadoes that big. the good news is few towns have been hit. morris mill and a little farther to the north up in cleveland, tennessee there was scattered
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damage but nothing yet went through a huntsville or chattanooga. no downtown has been hit yet so far, but that's just luck of the draw. >> let me pause and ask -- do we have him on the line? we have a storm chaser, and chad, please join in the conversation. we have jeff, storm chaser. jeff, i understand you are 20 miles north of evansville, indiana. >> yes. yes. >> what are you doing? what are you seeing? >> with that tornado, this tracks anywhere from 50 miles west of evansville up towards wadesville. we saw it for about five minutes coming down highway 64. it is producing tornadoes and it is a tornado right now on highway 64 just to the north of liverpool and it's heading in the direction of lynnville. this is going to be southwest indiana here, so that area to the north/northeast of evansville, we have multiple tornadoes tracking to this area
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right now. there is damage and these tornadoes are becoming very large and violent at this time. so we have a tornado outbreak in the indiana, illinois, kentucky. but also the report is a tornado tracking toward the paducah area. this has taken three hours, and this tornado has the ability to provide significant damage. that tornado also needs to be watched in the direction of paducah. >> just so i'm clear, this picture we're looking at, this is a live picture, i'm presuming, from your car. >> yes. i am going east. the tornado is at my left. if i turned the camera around, you'll see cars in front of me stopping. there is a significant tornado to my left. it's off to the left of the
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road. >> please be safe, though. be safe. are you -- >> yeah, i am. i'm not driving. >> you're not driving, okay. >> we've got tornadoes on the way left. do you see it now? >> we see it. >> this tornado is tracking along 64. >> i just looked at some of the things out of evansville and there was a chaser report that it was 300 yards wide. was that your report? >> no, it was not. the tornado was very small and very weak at the time. it was weakening when i got to the tornado, but it's been on the ground a long time even before i got to it. it's back on the ground to the north and these storms are cycling for an hour, 45 minutes, then they fade out and recycle. they're tracking to the east along highway 64 here. from evansville to paducah, this
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is a huge tornado outbreak at this time. there are huge tornadoes developing it. >> it's also about to go over highway 164 as well, which is a north/south road, jeff. the producers would like you, as long as you're not driving, to turn that camera around. i see some type of aappendage i front of you. >> that also has a tornadic circulation as well, and i'm looking at radar now. i've got close to six tornadic forms coming at me. one immediately to my west/northwest, then i have four more tornadoes moving at me at 65 miles an hour. these are very fast-moving tornadoes and are going to produce a lot of damage across southern indiana, northern kentucky as well, and alabama as we get into the evening hours. >> jeff, do us a favor. turn the camera around.
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we're going to do this on flight live on cnn. if i could just ask, why do you do what you do, being a storm chaser? >> just like, you know, april 22nd last year, a lot of times we'll see fast-moving tornadoes like we had today, and every second you can get a warning out to the weather service, a heads up, a tornado is on the ground. or it's crossing the interstate, so highway patrol can close the road ahead. that's what we're seeing out here. my first priority is to notify 911 and the communications weather service and transmit those reports in realtime. these storms at 50 or 60 miles an hour are moving a mile a second, and with tornadoes on the ground, you have very few seconds to make that life and death decision of taking shelter. that's what's going on today. as you can see, a very large wall cloud and there is a tornado in the middle. back to the north it's probably two or three miles north of the
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interstate now. in the middle of the wall cloud, it in the trees back there. that continues to track to the east. >> is that the wageville storm? >> that is the storm that right now is going to be -- let me pull it up here -- yeah, that is the same storm. >> that was a large appendage on that storm and it was on the ground for quite some time. you're kind of getting converged on, and i need you to be safe out there. you and i have been chasing since 1989. you've had your share of close calls. you also saved quite a few lives in joplin when you told them a massive tornado was headed their way. i appreciate your work, but there's a lot of stuff out there, and these roads are tough in indiana. they don't all go around in a square like we like to drive in oklahoma. >> exactly. this is tracking to spurgeon, is
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where this is heading right now. tracking to louisville and lexington as we get later this evening, as these fast storms are headed that way. >> jeff, stay in touch with us. please, please be safe. we'll keep an eye on your live stream there as you're traveling through indiana. stay with us. >> thank you very much. >> chad, my question to you is, as he's explaining all these different storms, we always need to get the information to the folks who can perhaps be in the path. best advice right now is? >> for the people at home? >> for the people at home. >> don't do this. >> don't do this. >> a pickup and a weather radio does not make you a storm chaser. jeff has been chasing probably more tornadoes -- he was chasing tornadoes when it wasn't cool and jeff knows what he's doing. he knows how to stay out of the way. >> i mean general advice right now.
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>> in general, these storms will affect 17 states, and if you're anywhere from illinois to georgia, south to indiana, you're going to get some type of weather in your town. you need to know where your children are, you need to know you have a plan. you need a norad weather radio. if you don't have one, go buy one if you have enough time. if you can't program them, the local fire department will typically know how to do it for you. they know what the towns are, they know what the counties are. there are different codes for each town so the thing doesn't just go on and on and on. you need to know where your safe place is. if you don't know, figure it out. typically under a stairwell in the basement. stairs are real strong. you want to go under a pool table, something strong. you don't want to get crushed. things are going to fall down. don't ever open up a window thinking your house will be saved, because the pressure won't changed. all you'll do is get yourself cut if you open a window and that window breaks. there will be, at times today,
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there will be ten tornadoes on the ground at the same time. >> ten tornadoes on the ground at the same time. >> probably four different states going on at the same time. this is a volatile day. we get two to three days like this a year. i know it's winter, but you can't think of it as winter. it's a spring-type storm because we really didn't have a winter. we're already into spring because it never really got that cold. so now the snow is coming down in quad cities, des moines. that cold is pushing into this very warm air. if you walk outside here, it feels like you're standing in miami. >> is the afternoon prime time, as far as the climate goes, for these sorts of storms and tornadoes to pop up. my question is, this is the afternoon time when storms and tornadic activity really pops up. is it afternoon, is it evening? >> it would typically be between 3:00 and 7:00, brooke, because that's when the hottest part of the day has now arrived. the sun has been beating on the ground for a while, and now the
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air wants to go up. it wants to rise. it wants to bubble, bubble, bubble. when it bubbles, it's a big bonus to these storms to have hot air. now, the weird part is that this harrisburg storm in indiana and illinois was in the middle of the night. >> 5:00. >> that's not typical, that's atypical. here we go, i have a lot for you. this is the storm that jeff was following. here's 164. he's already past that. so jeff was driving along this road right here, 64, and he was pointing to the camera that way, and you could see something hanging down here. when he turned the camera backwards, that's what he was looking at. this big comma cloud right here, that's the tornado right there that he was tracking. i've been told to take this little monitor here, you'll be able to see the green and the red. >> what is that? >> this is a doppler presentation of what the radar is seeing. and doppler is the same instance
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as when you're sitting at a train station or a train track and all of a sudden, the train blows a whistle and it's a different pitch as it's coming at you. as the train blows a whistle, the gates are dinging and the train blows its horn. that horn is a different pitch coming and going. so the radar can actually find coming and going. and this is the same storm -- again, it's hard to find that road that -- that's the road that jeff was on right there. so you have the red and the green. when the red and the green come together, you have some kind of circulation. there's a circulation and there's even something right there extra, what the radar will do for you. that's called the tornado vortex signature. the tv says that's where the tornado is. so elberfeld, you are in danger. you are the next stop in the tornado's path. that's the rotation. this is the main core. it's hailing up here, it will be hailing probably even tennis
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ball size hail. i saw some very large hail pulling out of this earlier at least the size of a silver dollar. with this signature and the hail court here, now here the tornado is always on the bottom side of the storm, and there it is moving into elbertfeld right now. >> we're working on getting jeff back now. he's traveling on this highway there in indiana. how close is he, chad, and you go back with him. you've been chasing storms -- actually, i'm told jeff is on the phone, so i'm just going to ask you. how close are you? can you see a tornado out your window? how close can you actually get and still remain safe? >> maybe -- >> jeff, are you with me? this is brooke at cnn. >> yes, i'm with you, sorry. tornadoes on the ground north of 64 in southern indiana to the northeast of evansville probably 40 miles. we've had continued tornadoes on
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and off the ground on both sides of 64 and we have a tornado on the ground again north of 64. it's going to be just to the west of indiana, and this large wall cloud with numerous tornadoes on the ground. note that 64 is the area we continue to watch, and we're going to swing the camera around momentarily. it's very spectacular shot here. large wall clouds. we do have a significant tornado on the ground. it's a quarter mile wide. a large tornado on the ground. >> where? >> coming down highway 64. it's just north of the interstate, and it's going almost due east just to the north -- west of sylvania, indiana at this time. where 60 and 61 intersect and come across, it is tracking that way. >> how flow or how quick is this
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tornado moving? >> 55, 60 miles an hour to the east, so east/northeast. these kinds of tornadoes are moving very, very fast. very, very rapidly. >> let me ask you this as you're still driving down this highway again, highway 64 east in indiana. >> we're going to go north. in less than three miles we're going north to holland. the tornado will come towards holland, indiana. it is significant. looking out the back window, side window, i would say it abo -- it's about a quarter mile wide tornado. >> can you see the tornado with your eyes? >> jeff, can you show it to us? >> can you show us the tornado, jeff? >> let me try it real quick. the tornado is behind me. i'll switch the camera.
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do you see it now? it's in the middle of the cloud. i've got the camera pointing at it. >> jeff, you're live on cnn -- forgive me for interrupting, for our viewers, i want to be clear, jeff is not driving. he's in the passenger seat. chad and jeff go back years and years chasing storms. where you just repositioned the camera is what? >> we just south of holland, indiana. this would be about 60 miles to the northeast of evansville on interstate 64. we're coming out here and we'll hit north momentarily. >> we're going to see the tornado behind the trees. >> just a second. you'll see it coming out of the trees. there's that wall cloud. we're going to go north. it's still coming at us. it's on the ground and it's very
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large. i'm looking to the north of highway 64, and right here is -- we're up to holland now. 161 in holland, we're tracking up toward holland, indiana. the city of holland is where this tornado is tracking at this time. >> chad, what are we seeing? explain. to me it looks like clouds, just dark, ominous clouds, but somewhere in there, he said, is a tornado. >> you've got a large wall cloud behind me there, and it's just -- you have to bear with me on this. you'll have a clear view of the tornado coming right at us. i'm going north on 161. toward holland, indiana is where the tornado is tracking. it's a large tornadic thunderstorm and is in the position to create damage. i've got cars -- hang on a second -- there's cars parked on the side of the road, and we're
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heading north now on -- >> don't go very far. >> you see the big bowl. look at all the cars stopped. people are stopping here on both sides of the interstate. people are traveling northbound and southbound. it will track up north to holland. holland, three miles ahead. that's going to track to highland. some locals. we got two did he wanty. >> did you pull over -- i'm watching right along with you, chad and i are watching your picture here. it appears to be some car still driving along and now we see
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this thing? >> yes, thaet a large wall cloud with toys in the middle of that. there are cars coming south. people are trying to stay out of the path of these tornadoes. they are large. >> it looks like it's wrapped up in rain. do you still see it? >> yes, it's a large wall cloud. a bunch of people have pulled off. you can see the break cloud back west southwest of holland. the main core tornado is up, but the wall cloud in rotation continues. we're on this, the reporter of may. >> as we look at these pictures, my question to you, chad myer, we think of wall cloud.
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when there is. -- it looks like a low-happeninging flat-based cloud. there will be a lowering of the storm. that lowering had a plaid takes. almost like a parallel gram that hangs down from the storm. a lot of times it's not straight up and down, it's kind of at an angle. so the wall cloud is the precurpr precursor and it's typically the first thing you see. i'm also seeing on the doppler radar, there's a lot going on there. i'm going to walk around here for just a second. that looks like a debris ball to me, which means the tornado is coming. this. it's causing debris to be picked up and thrown around in the air. insulation, trees, limbs, all
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kind. this tornado is on the ground making damage. >> as we look at these live pictures from jeff in indiana, we are looking live at a wall cloupd, and sometimes during the plays we lav at. you might have a little bit better contrast between day and night. he got on the hills and couldn't see it. it's not to the west. visibility is completely limited here. so if he get the attitude, well, let's stay on the ground, we'll wait tout it. >> so as he is headed toward holland, holland, indiana. i don't know if the picture
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kproez railroad is it impossible to track the trajectory? >> it's moving east. it could track a little more to the east but not too much just because of the way this thing came out. all these storms to the west here are traveling right from west to east, but they're going so quickly. they're going $2550. so hard to chase, so hard to get out of the way. a last resort. >> let me just -- rejust reracked a little bit of video. i just had milan here with chad, the storm chaser. >> we can't tell if that tornado is on the ground or not.
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jeff, from his perspective, may be able to, but through a camera to our eyes and back to your eyes, it's very hard to tell what's going on. are we back live again? yeah, we're back live again. we should start to see those trees really move in the distance. moving to get closer because that's just what these guys do. >> again, big picture here. we're talking 17 states, right, because we'they're facing sever weather. 75 million people. jeff, i know you're back with us. tell us where you are, what you see. >> i'm just north of the city here. we still have this large rotating bowl. you can see it's making its way to holland here. we have a wall cloud in the southeast about 40 miles an hour. it has a history of an active
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tornado, and if you'll just do it, i'll take both. t it continues to keep tracking to the east. >> it's not on the ground and lifted? >> no, it's not. just a large rotating wall cloud. >> this happens. you think all of a sudden it's going to hit a town. there was a tornado that was going to hit aurora, nebraska, and it was a great big storm. i have friends in aurora and i thought, what am i going to do now? this is going to be terrible. and a mile away, it just disappeared. mother nature is so impressive, and i'm glad for the people of holland, but there were people from the west of there that did get damage. there was no question that storm was on the ground for a long, long time, maybe 40 to 60 miles. so somebody got in the way of
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that tornado. >> i ask you this question, somebody was talking about the storms in harrisburg, illinois the other day. when you're talking about multiple taxes, i said, is it kind of like a bouncing ball, up and down, and you said, no, much more of a trajectory because the president will kind of walk around to the wall with me. and i will try to describe this multi-vortex again. i think i can do it better if i actually get to draw it out. the inside of a very large tornado, even though it looks like one solid funnel or one solid triangle hitting the ground -- >> it's not. >> -- it's not. there are many suction vortexes inside. or parts of the tornado, even though it looks like a big wedge, there are smaller tornadoes inside the tornado. let's just say we know this
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storm is gone, it's lifted for now, but least is a the tornado, as to moves to the east. then there will be another board on this side and it might be doing are just like one big giant tornado throu. it spun around them. it's very odd, the damage is odd. i'm going to take you to this 3-d image. this is what that storm looks like in three dimension. >> oh, wow. look at that. >> 45,000 feet tall. the road -- go ahead and stop that first second, shawn. there you go. i-64 right there, that red line right there. here was the hook right here, and the hook, i could tell by looking back over here, the reds and the greens went away and it was all red, which means we didn't have that back and forth
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motion. the rotation actually went away. as it was coming here, we know there was plenty of damage. just rotate because it's such an incredible image. that pink in the middle, that's the hail core. the hail in this storm was at least tennis ball size in spots. then down to the bottom where the rotation is, mother nature is so spectacular, and to be able to show it in three-dimension like this is truly phenomenal. >> incredible. incredible. that's basically the 3-d version of what we're watching live streaming. either live pictures as jeff drives on 64. i don't know if he passed holland or not. >> he's going north now. >> north now. we're going to stay with the story. chad myers, don't go too far away from me. we're talking tornadoes. we're talking now about indiana. we're talking 17 states, 75 million people potentially dealing with severe weather this afternoon into tonight. we just got someone on the phone who caught a funnel cloud on
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♪ through the thick and thin we're talking breaking news. you're looking at live pictures from one of our storm chasers on the ground in holland, indiana. what he saw moments ago was a massive wall cloud and a tornado bouncing around there. we're watching to see if it hits the ground again. we've got him standing waiting for that. we also have chad myers standing by. it bears repeating. 17 states and 75 million people facing tornado weather. chad mentioned tennis ball size hail earlier. i have someone on the phone near huntsville. i know there were two apparent tornadoes in alabama this morning. i know you had kind of a front
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seat that you didn't like to a tornado this morning. tell me where you were and what happened. >> well, we heard there was a tornado west of our office, so we went out to the parking lot to kind of get a picture of where it was at. that wasn't real smart, started videoing it. it kept getting a little closer and a little closer. my house is actually located about half a mile behind my office, the subdivision behind my office. so i jumped in my vehicle, ran home real quick to my wife and children, who were there, so i wanted to be with them, make sure they were okay. but my house got slight damage. we did get a little bit, but the office where i work was hit pretty hard, and there were probably seven or eight employees left inside the office. they took shelter in the interior rooms. it was pretty intense there for a few minutes. >> all right. can't even begin to imagine. as we keep looking at the video. shawn, walk me through what we're looking at. i see a road.
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from what i'm told, there is a tornado behind the tree; is that correct? >> that is correct. and i'm sorry, i'm on the phone and i don't have power, so i can't watch it. >> you lived it, so you can just tell me what you saw. >> the tornado was west of us, and it actually looked like it was going to go north of my location and then -- i don't know, i'm not a storm chaser, i just know it appeared a lot faster than i thought it would and it was a lot larger than i thought it was going to be. it came over -- like i said, i got home and got through that. well, then my house was a little bit damaged. i wanted to relocate my family to a church that joins our property and has a basement, so i was taking them to that location, got them there safe, went back to my office and we were reassessing the damage, looking at moving some computers around, and law enforcement started saying there was another tornado on the ground. so we were running to shelter,
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and me and one of my partners and a lady that works with us, we had to take shelter inside of a ditch, a culvert. so we had softball-sized hail, a lot of loud wind, and so i almost experienced that again. >> so you basically had to stop and drop into a ditch. and i was told at the time when you were in your office, the roof was blown off. >> that's correct. now, i was not in the office when the roof came off, but like i said, we had employees there. about half the building, the roof was removed, so it was real similar to what april 27 was like last year, except that tornado that came in the path actually lifted before it got to the believe. it was eerily similar to the same storm in 1997.
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>> so you've sort of been through this before. this is a baptist church. it looks like the windows totally gone, the roof was hit as well. how close is that to your office. >> that's right next to my office. and there are other pictures i took of a home that's located 200 feet behind my office in the subdivision, and it was, you know, pretty much leveled. the bottom floor is still standing but the top was taken completely off. it looks like the tornado was coming down and touched down right within 200 feet behind my office, and i don't know that it was a large one, but when you're in one, they all seem large. >> what about the neighborhood? how many homes were hit, john? we're looking -- actually, i'm looking at this big wide shot of, gosh, what looks like homes. tell me what i'm looking at. >> i would guess probably 25
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homes. luckily it was at two cul-de-sacs, so the storm kind of came over the extreme north end of the subdivision, and basically just went through two cul-de-sacs and maybe 30 or 40 homes had some form of damage to those, but i would guess 20 to 30 homes were really, really damaged where people can't live in them tonight. >> and your family is okay? >> yeah, they're fine. they were scared to death in the bathtub, but they're fine, and they're in a safe place now, so we're good. >> gosh, i hear these different stories of people jumping in the bathtub and that seems to save lives, absolutely. tell me, what are you, what are people in your neighborhood doing right now? >> right now, luckily, we have great crews in this area. immediately huntsville police department was out here, massa
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county sheriff's department was here, local volunteer fire department was all here within just a few minutes. we're moving debris, clearing roadways. we had a lot of pictures of some concrete power poles that were snapped in half right in front of the office, and they are already replacing those. actually, utilities have been very quick at getting out here. so right now it looks like just removal of debris. every house that i know of has been searched, and like i said, i don't know of any serious injuri injuries. >> that is wonderful news. that is wonderful news. we're actually about to talk to the mayor in just a moment, but john, thank you for sharing these pictures and that video of that tornado. it's kind of stunning to look at. i can't imagine actually seeing that in person. thank you very much. my best to you and your family and everyone in the neighborhood. as we work to get the mayor of huntsville on the phone. he's ready?
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let's go to tommy battle, mayor of huntsville. mr. mayor, tell me how you're doing, how the community is doing now and where were you this morning when these hit? >> i was pretty close. we were up in the northern portion of the city and could see the clouds coming through. it's one of those things almost like a deja vu. it's following the same track that we had in the april 27 tornadoes as they came through. it's a community. everybody is pulling back together and we're clearing roads and getting utility poles back up and getting utilities back on, but we have another wave coming in, which will probably come all the way through this evening, so we've just got to make sure we make it through that and then it's back to getting us back to normal. >> let me ask you this, because i haven't seen much as far as injuries. thank goodness i have not heard any numbers as far as fatalities go in your neck of the woods today, but how many people were
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taken to the hospital, how many people were hurt? >> thus far, i think we've been very, very fortunate on injuries. i think we had maybe four or six transports to the hospitals. have not heard of any fatalities at all, but we're still -- we're still somewhat in the assessment stage of that, too, because we're still getting to some structures. >> i've got chad standing next to me watching all this weather coming through. he mentioned more storms coming through. when are we talking? tonight? >> it's going to be the heat of the day. maybe 6:00, 7:00, 8:00 at night, and that would be the worst case scenario. even though these storms were very large, they were in the cooler part of the day. if the same storm had rolled over four hours later, it would have been bigger. mr. mayor, we know up by newmarket, one of the schools did get hit. do you have any information about that? >> i believe that was one of the middle schools. i don't think there were any injuries out of that, from
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everything that we've heard. i don't think there were any transports. the biggest problem is all the debris down around the schools and getting parents there to pick up children, just being able to get them in and out. >> we also heard about some school districts letting kids out early. what do you know about that? >> we all, after seeing the first wave come through and also seeing the potential of the second and third waves hitting later this afternoon, we let schools out starting about 12:30 until about 1:30 and trying to get some folks home before the bad weather hit. >> so are there still kids in school? some kids have both parents working. do you send them home, too, or what do you do with them? >> we stay with them until the parents get there. we don't leave any children by themselves. but the school administrators will stay until the parents can get there. you know, this is -- as i said, this has happened before in our community. we have a number of tornadoes come through, so we are a
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community that stays weather alert. >> mayor battle, we're looking at these pictures. i can't imagine how strong the winds were. we saw what appeared to be an 18-wheeler on its side. what do you say to people in your community, like this man we're looking at here, what do you say to them to kind of pick up the pieces? >> you talk to them and tell them, we're all in this together, we're going to help each other get through this, and we have a great community of first response personnel, public works personnel, utility personnel who will be working day and night until we can get us back to what we call normal. and that's just the most important thing, that you talk to a community and you make sure that they understand that we're all in this together and we're going to work together to make sure we get through it. >> here's hoping your normal comes soon again, and that this is hopefully the worst of it for you all. tommy battle, mayor of
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huntsville, alabama, thank you so much for calling in. we really appreciate it. >> thank you. >> all right, let me go straight to chad. two tornadoes on the ground. >> the storm that did miss holland actually did regenerate, refocused its energy and put a tornado back on the ground after we left jeff and we were with some of the phone guests that we had. so let's take you back over here. we'll give you an idea of what's going on north of evansville, north of louisville. every time that you see a storm that has a hook on it, and we're going to let this stop all the way to here, and there's the hook. it's got a big c on the bottom of the storm. you'll know that that's where the rotation is. there's even a little marker there with arrows going around. but huntingburg, that's where the tornado actually did touch down. there's holland. that's where jeff was, and huntingburg had a tornado about 15, 20 minutes after we hung up with jeff. it should travel to the north or very close to birds eye,
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indiana. this storm is in the same type of shape all by itself. it's called a super cell. not really attached. close, but it's not attached to this storm, so all the moisture, all the inflow goes in here, the storm rotates back here, and that tornado should move to the north or very close to south of hardinsburg and close to palm. it's hard to see with this because the storms are moving so quickly. thls t this is the velocity of the storm. this is the storm spinning in the different colors. this is what you spent your tax dollars on, so that the national weather service can upgrade to radars like this. talk about money well spent. here it is. it's keeping people safe, putting warnings out plenty in advance and keeping people alive, getting them out of the way because they know tornadoes are coming. brooke? >> and again, we're showing pictures.
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this isn't live, this is jeff our storm chaser on the right side of the screen. this is some of the wall cloud he was filming. he was out on 64 near holland, indiana. my question to you, and it's a great question, and that is we've been seeing all this tornadic activity the past couple days. is this odd, or this is par for the course this time of year and it's just a couple days of year this happens? >> we caught a pattern called a trough. a trough is like a cattle trough of water. when the jet stream turns and goes back up, that's where the cold air comes this way and the warm air and that's where they clash. we've been in this trough now for a couple days. this one is going through the trough today, and it could cause more damage to the east toward north carolina down toward florida. we are in a pattern. it's not unusual. it's already march -- it's not march 25, but it's still springtime. we never got a snow, we never
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got a winter. we're just kind of halfway there. europe got the winter. let me tell you, europe got it. we didn't get it. >> so this is fairly normal for this time of year. >> this is springtime. this is it. we probably would get three or four days like this a year, and this is one of them. only two or three more. >> chad, thank you. we'll go back to chad with our breaking news here, see if anything else pops up. meantime, we're going to take a quick break and we'll talk about president obama in the meantime. he is not bluffing when it comes to iran and we've got possible plans up next.
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i want to continue where we left off talking about the severe weather. again, as we continue looking at these different pictures, and this is -- tell me, live? this is live, presumably. this is our storm chaser, jeff, continuing along near
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evansville, indiana. as we have been watching, these wall clouds, obviously very, very ominous weather, storm clouds jumping about. we have 3-d images by our watch team. it's on an eastward trajectory. we have chad myers standing by. we talked to a woman earlier in alabama, saw two apparent tornadoes this morning. we are talking 17 states. that is a chunk of the country here in terms of this afternoon and this evening dealing with this severe weather. 75 million people, so please, please if you are within this midsection and southeastern part of the country, please be safe. heed the warnings. hopefully the sirens continue, but looking here -- what are we looking at? >> i think jeff is probably on the bird's eye storm now and the bird's eye rotation. bird's eye is in indiana. it is the town next in line after huntingburg and after
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holland where it actually lifted. i guess jeff is on the phone. jeff, is this the bird's eye rotation? >> yes, i do. yeah, we've got what looks to be a very large structured tornado north of 64. that is the bird's eye tornado. it is very large now. it is rain wrapped and it is rapidly moving toward north of 64 here. it's very large. about a quarter mile wide. it is definitely on the ground. we have hills and trees here, but we do for sure have a tornado on the ground in the bird's eye area tracking to the east. i'm getting reports also of another one on the ground. both of these tornadoes are northwest of louisville. these are destructive tornadoes moving east at 60 to 65 miles an hour. damage to the north of louisville in the next hour with these two tornadic storms. >> if you're in louisville, kentucky, heads up, because this is headed toward you. you said, jeff, within the hour?
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jeff, you with me? chad, you with me? >> i'm with you here. >> you're with me. >> let's go back here just for a second. this is where jeff is now, and we may have lost his connection because he said he was in the hills. this is the town of bird's eye right here and the rotation just west of the town still traveling to the east/northeast. the next town in line will be english and after that milltown and hardinsburg. if this is a quarter mile wide, this is a track that would put damage down like this as it travels to the east. this is going to be one of many, so very many. here's the radar. let me show you how many storms are out there. this is the english storm. it is rotating for sure. here is the jasper, the huntingburg, and this is bird's eye right there. that one is rotating. here's another one to the west of there. here is princeton, that one is rotating. here's a tornado to the west of
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hunti huntington, and here's louisville. all of these are going to travel across. it's like a rake. you won't get very much on these storms as they roll through the ohio valley, tennessee valley and the east today. when you see it coming your way, don't wait for a tornado warning, don't wait for a siren, just get inside. keep yourself safe. make sure the kids and pets are safe as well. >> chad, thank you. i'm going to walk back in that cube and talk to shawn in a moment here, because i want to be clear how we get everyone this information. stand by for that. i do want to get to this story, sim going to move away from the weather just for a second here. because we need to talk right now about the very real chance that israel might attack iran, and there are suggestions that could happen this spring. as it is, israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu, he's in canada right there on his way to
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washington for a face-to-face with president obama. and today the president is making it widely known that he would prefer the israelis pulled off. i'm going to kwoequote the president. quote, at a time when there is not a lot of sympathy with iran, what is a distraction that suddenly iran can portray itself as a victim. further, the united states has israel back in and continuing. when the united states says it is unsaebl for iran to have a nuclear weapon, we mean what we say. we want to take you live to tel aviv to ron bergman. he is a political analyst for the israeli paper, and on this topic, he is the man. so i just want to welcome him here. first question. when the israelis decide to bomb iran, not to bomb iran.
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when might they retaliate with respect to americans, specifical specifically. >> the leader of israel repeatedly said he has not made up hais mind and there is not a fixed day to make the decision. there is the mindset that 2012 is the last time, the last year, the time frame in which israel has to make a call whether to go for an overt area strike to damage as much as it could the iranian nuclear site. the israelis are very much afraid of the inevitable day after effect.
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the israeli public, the israeli decision makers are far mora frayed of the possibility that iran would have nuclear weapons. if i quote a conversation i had with the minister of defense, it was barack who said there is one option not on the table and not accepted by israel and this is the c option. we would never accept -- this is a threat to israeli existence. >> let me back up, though, because in terms of the timing, i know from what you've written, a huge point of dispute between the u.s. and israel is the point at which iran's nuclear program must be stopped. in other words, the point of no return. can you walk me through that, the dispute there, the difference?
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the discussion is what to do with the effect. to be more specific i would say that the argument is on where iran exactly is going to enter what was coined by the minister of defense and barack as the zone of immunity. the zone of immunity is that point on the timeline after which iranian sites are going to become immune to israel or american strike. the americans are saying in the secret discussions with israel, we have a lot of time. we have a mighty war machine, a lot of fire power, we have the bunker. we have a lot of time, give us the time, we'll deal with the iranian project. the israeli intelligence claim that there are only 15 months before the iran -- before iran
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enters the zone of immunity vis-a-vis the air strikes. the israelis are convinced they must make the decision by themselves. >> as you report all of this, though, and i'm sure you're on the streets and you're recognized and israelis have come up to you, i'm just curious as to what sort of anxieties they may have, and also do they fear a more nuclear iran or is the fear highest when it comes to potential retaliation? >> brooke, there is no dates when i walk the streets of tel aviv or jerusalem or other places when people don't stop me in the street and ask me one question, and this question is not if but only when. not if president ahmadinejad would launch a nuclear strike on israel if he has the ability to do so but only when would he do
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that? this poll or meeting says something about the israeli mindset, i would say the majority of israelis are convinced that iran poses an existential threat, and this threat has a strong impact on the process. the israelis are very much afraid of iranian retaliation, but we all have to bear in mind that this is a post-traumatic nation, that they fear the possibility of a second holocaust. the possibility of iran holding nuclear weapons calls for the traumatic fear of israelis from another annihilation. so no israelis bear the possibility of the mindset that iran would have the ability to destroy as well. >> prime minister netanyahu meeting with president obama
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monday. we will be following that. we will continue this conversation, sir. thank you so much for speaking with me from tel aviv. coming up next more on our breaking news involving dangerous weather moving very quickly across the country. in fact, we've gotten new video of our own ashleigh banfield in the middle of a severe weather warning. stay with us. can't handle a guy's energy drink? how do you plan to keep up drinking that girly -- hey! [ gasps ] ♪ [ tires screeching ] ♪ [ backfires ] [ female announcer ] girl power to go. new citrus crystal light energy. just 5 calories. because you never know.
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ooh, i forgot my phone! the "name your price" tool. now available on your phone. get a free quote today. so we don't normally put our anchors in the middle of areas in the country where there are tornado warnings, but ashleigh banfield, she just so happened to be on her way back home with her producer melissa morgan. they were reporting in hartzburg, illinois for her early morning start. they found themselves in the middle of one. they've been reporting all morning that severe weather was expected in the midwest and northwest today. they're driving toward st. louis,